The Illinois Fighting Illini are coming off of a great win versus the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Illini look to increase their momentum by taking out a top 25 team in the Washington Huskies. The Huskies are loaded with experienced and talent, and look to display that on Saturday. What are the Illini and Huskies bringing to the table?
Washington Quick Notes:
5-4 all-time versus Illinois
- Finished 2012: 7-6 (5-4)
- Played against six ranked teams in 2012 going 2-4 in those contests.
- Have not played Illinois since 1972
Good News Huskies:
- Returning starting Quarterback Keith Price is one of the best players in the Pac-12. He is currently in the top 5 for quarterback rating in the conference.
- The Huskies have had a winning season in three of the four seasons that Steve Sarkisian has coached.
- In the last three years, the Huskies have made a bowl game in all three. Their record is 1-2.
- The Huskies defense is one of the best in the nation through two weeks. They rank 6th in points allowed.
Bad News Huskies:
- Before the Steve Sarkisian era, the Huskies had not had a winning season since 2002.
- Quarterback Keith Price’s statistics have decreased since his sophomore season. His completion percentage dropped 6 points. Price’s touchdowns have also dropped by 14 and his interceptions have increased by two.
- The Huskies are 3-8 in road games in the last two seasons.
Key Stats For Illinois vs. Washington
- Time of Possession: Illinois – 32:50/Washington – 29:09
- 3rd Down Efficiency: Illinois – 52%/Washington – 73%
- Points Per Game: Illinois – 43.5/Washington – 38
The Huskies are -10 on the board right now. This is a big number for a team who has only played one team and did put up great stats. The Illini are coming off a big victory against Cincinnati, so watch out for a let-down game. I see this game being close the whole way and should be a decent game. Illinois will cover the spread with a tough fought game.
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